AMD's Ryzen 7000 series is about to enter mass production - Report
AMD plans to launch Zen 4 later this year
Published: 30th March 2022 | Source: @greymon55 |
AMD's Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 processors entering mass production soon
It sounds like AMD's next-generation Zen 4 "Raphael" processors are due to enter mass production as early as next month, at least according to the leaker @greymon55.
Raphael is AMD's codename for their Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors, a lineup that will use 5nm silicon and will be the first CPUs to launch on the company's new AM5 motherboard platform. AMD has already confirmed that they plan to launch their Ryzen 7000 series processors in the second half of this year, and have already demonstrated working silicon at CES 2022.
In a later Tweet, @Greymon55 stated that they expected AMD's Ryzen 7000 series to be available "around September".
What we know about Zen 4 and the Ryzen 7000 series
AMD revealed a lot of information about their Ryzen 7000 series processors at CES 2022. For starters, AMD stated that their Ryzen 7000 demo was using a Zen 4 processor that had all of its cores running at 5GHz. That claim alone showcases a tremendous clock speed increase for AMD's Ryzen 7000 series processors. Some Ryzen 7000 series SKUs are expected to run at all-core clock speeds of 5GHz, which is a first for AMD's Zen architectures.
AMD's Ryzen 7000 series will utilise AMD's new LGA AM5 CPU socket, support DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0 connectivity, and use an HPC optimised 5nm lithography process from TSMC. AMD representative has already stated that their Zen 4 architecture will contains various design changes over Zen 3 that will enable performance increases across a variety of workloads. Add on Zen 4's expected clock speed increases, and PC enthusiasts should expect large increases in single-core performance from AMD.
Zen 4 Rumours
Rumour has it that AMD's Zen 4 Raphael CPUs will deliver users up to sixteen cores and thirty-two threads, just like today's Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. This suggests that AMD's performance increased with their Ryzen 7000 series will come in the form of improved Zen cores and higher clock speeds, not an increase in core/thread count.
Additionally, reports have claimed that AMD's Ryzen 7000 series flagship will have a TDP of 170W, which is much higher than today's Ryzen 5000 series models. Assuming that Zen 4 is more power efficient than Zen 3, a TDP increase signals a major performance boost for AMD's Ryzen 7000 series.
Recent benchmarks for alleged Ryzen 7000 series silicon have also indicated that AMD will be increasing its per-core L2 cache sizes to 1MB with Zen 4, doubling the size of Zen 4's L2 caches over Zen 3. For cache sensitive workloads, this change should result in significant performance gains. That said, it remains unclear how much this change will impact Zen 4's performance on a more general basis.
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